Lionel Messi buys Fort Lauderdale mansion for $10.75 million

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Lionel Messi and his wife paid $10.75 million for this waterfront Bay Colony estate in Fort Lauderdale. The house is a short drive from Inter Miami’s Drive Pink Stadium.
Lionel Messi and his wife paid $10.75 million for this waterfront Bay Colony estate in Fort Lauderdale. The house is a short drive from Inter Miami’s Drive Pink Stadium. Compass Florida, MLS

Argentinian global soccer phenom Lionel Messi, who joined Inter Miami’s professional team in July, bought a Fort Lauderdale waterfront estate for $10.75 million.

Messi, 36, purchased the modern-style, two-story house on Compass Lane in Bay Colony, a gated single-family home community, on Sept. 1, according to a deed recorded in Broward County.

The 10,500-square-foot house has 10 bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a powder room, two docks, plus the property has 170 feet of water frontage. The residence was built in 1988 and is situated on a cul-de-sac.

Lionel Messi and his wife, Antonela Roccuzzo, purchased an estate in Fort Lauderdale, which is where Inter Miami plays its home soccer matches.
Lionel Messi and his wife, Antonela Roccuzzo, purchased an estate in Fort Lauderdale, which is where Inter Miami plays its home soccer matches. Xinhua/Sipa USA

The purchase wraps months of house hunting for Messi and his wife, Antonela Roccuzzo, who moved to South Florida with their three sons this summer, after he signed a contract to play for Inter Miami. They were looking for houses between Boca Raton in Palm Beach County and Fort Lauderdale in Broward.

“This represents Fort Lauderdale being one of the best destinations in southeast Florida,” said Jenni Morejon, CEO of the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority. “Messi choosing to call Fort Lauderdale home says this city provides the best amenities for international superstars and to anyone looking to live in a great community.”

Messi joined Inter Miami, just a few months after the Argentine sports icon led Argentina to win the World Cup in 2022. His Inter Miami contract will run through the 2025 Major League Soccer season. His total compensation package ranges between $130 million to $150 million, including equity in the club upon the completion of his playing days.

The two-story estate has 10 bedrooms and covers 10,500 square feet. Here is a photo of the living room with a view of the water and pool.
The two-story estate has 10 bedrooms and covers 10,500 square feet. Here is a photo of the living room with a view of the water and pool. Compass Florida, MLS

Compass real estate agents Samuel Simpkin and Donna Simpkin represented Messi in the real estate transaction. Both agents declined to comment Monday about Messi’s home purchase.

The Bay Colony community is among the ritziest neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale. It’s a short drive from the restaurants and downtown shopping on Las Olas Boulevard and Drive Pink Stadium, where Inter Miami plays home soccer matches.

Messi also owns Miami real estate, a condo residence in the Porsche Design Tower and a second one at Regalia Tower in Sunny Isles Beach.

Messi’s house purchase is another boost for the luxury residential real estate market that has been flying high in South Florida for a few years. During the pandemic, Broward County, especially the city of Fort Lauderdale, saw more home sales over $1 million than neighboring Miami-Dade County. Additional luxury residences and high-rises are underway to meet increasing demand.

“Fort Lauderdale is an approachable community but also exclusive,” Morejon said. “It has all the amenities of a big city but also being very close knit.”

The house sits on Compass Lane in Fort Lauderdale’s Bay Colony neighborhood. This is a photo of the kitchen.
The house sits on Compass Lane in Fort Lauderdale’s Bay Colony neighborhood. This is a photo of the kitchen. Compass Florida, MLS

This story was originally published September 11, 2023, 3:42 PM.

 

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